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NBA Draft 2015: Shooting Guards

POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS

Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Duke / Freshman
12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg

If the Top 5 goes as expected (in some order), this pick is likely to come down to Winslow or Hezonja. The assumption that Vlade Divac is more likely to take a European player may or may not be the case. The team has taken 2-guards in each of the past two drafts, so Winslow as a SF seems to make more sense. Then again it’s a new regime and rumors have suggested the team is shopping Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas. If Mudiay were to slide, he would be a tremendous value at 6.

Twitter: @IAmJustise
Comparison: Kawhi Leonard
Salary: $2,831,900*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / FC Barcelona (Spain) / 1995
8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.1 apg

The Nuggets need to swing for the fences with the player they view having the greatest chance to be a star. Hezonja fits that. He’s got an air of confidence and truly believes that he’s the best player in this draft. His shooting is legitimately among the top prospects available, which would be a welcomed addition for a struggling Denver team in need of putting points on the board.

Twitter: @MarioHezonja
Comparison: Rex Chapman
Salary: $2,585,200*
Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Kentucky / Freshman
10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.1 apg

Booker offers another shooter for the Thunder to play alongside Durant and Westbrook. He’s the youngest player in the draft but shows a lot of maturity for his age. OKC has been listening to offers for this pick so there’s a chance a team moves up to grab Booker.

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Comparison: Danny Green
Salary: $1,684,600*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / UNLV / Freshman
17.8 ppg, 4.8 apg

The team has a strong connection with Vaughn’s agent Jeff Schwartz, who happens to also be Jason Kidd‘s agent. Word has come out that Vaughn has been red flagged by teams for his knees, but there’s a real chance the Bucks take him anyway. Vaughn is considered one of the draft’s top shooters and as a freshman possesses a lot of upside left to develop.

Twitter: @ShowtimeMr1
Comparison: Arron Afflalo
Salary: $1,444,200*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Kansas / Freshman
9.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.8 apg

Oubre falling this far would be a minor shocker but there is a lot of concern that his workouts have left him in a vulnerable position to slip. He has lottery talent but really struggled for much of the season, and he has not received great reports for his workouts.

Twitter: @KELLYOUBREJR
Comparison: James Young
Salary: $1,112,900*
Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Virginia / Junior
12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg

After taking Okafor at 2, the Lakers grab a possible eventual replacement for Kobe. Anderson is a lot closer to Xavier Henry than Kobe, but he has a lot of intrigue with his maturity and improved shot. At 27, it’s rare to find an NBA starter, but don’t count out Anderson, one of the draft’s elite athletes.

Twitter: @JusAnderson1
Comparison: PJ Tucker
Salary: $963,000*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Georgia State / Junior
19.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.6 apg

Hunter may be a little bit overrated considering his body is extremely frail and he shot it poorly all season. He’s been built up by some as a lottery level prospect, but a number of scouts question whether he’s actually a first round talent. On the positive side, he measured and interviewed well and hit a big shot in the tourney and has hype around him. Would adding arguably the draft’s top shooter to a backcourt of Steph and Klay really be fair?

Twitter: @RJHunter22
Comparison: Evan Fournier
Salary: $943,300*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2015-16.

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